GREENFIELD, Mass (WWLP) - Like the rest of Western Massachusetts, the oppressive heat has Franklin County residents searching for relief.
High temperatures in Franklin County had the Town of Greenfield designate the Library and Senior Center as cooling centers, and many people are using them.
Many residents that 22News spoke with today that don't have air conditioning at home or a unit that can keep up during peak heat hours are coming to cooling centers such as the library more often, and picking up a good book to simply pass the time.
Jane Buchanan, of the Greenfield Public Library said, "We've seen a lot of sweaty people. We're usually busy it's been especially busy in evenings and mornings a lot of hot people out there coming in complaining of the heat looking for something to read in a cool place.
"When you don't have AC at home the library is kind of an obvious place. The pool being one, but I have work to do today so I came here. Just listening to music, trying to get some work done. It's a great place to be, said Katie Ryan, of Northfield.
Denise Hazel, of Greenfield told 22News, "Trying to stay as cool as possible out of the sun out of the heat. It's too easy to get dehydrated today.
Down the road, the Greenfield Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for cooling, and they have activities to offer on top of cooling as well.
"Occasionally they have guest performers come in play the piano, movies occasionally for the seniors. It's just a little bit of everything it's nice, said Bob Williford, a volunteer at the Greenfield Senior Center.